A year after we first went into lockdown we are looking forward with hope! As Easter approaches and the days continue to get longer, the opportunity to see friends and family over the Easter holiday is so welcome.
With restrictions set to ease on March 29th we’ll once again be allowed to meet outdoors, including in private gardens (sticking to the rule of six or two households) and the ‘stay at home order’ will also come to an end on March 29th.
Outdoor sports will also resume – meaning tennis courts, basketball courts, lidos and formally organised outdoor sports can restart. Yay! Outdoor parent and child groups can also resume which will make a huge difference to every family and childcarer looking after little ones.
To help you make the most of the Easter break we’ve reviewed what’s on and have lots of fun suggestions to share. Booking is essential for pretty much all locations and events, so it’s worth taking a moment to plan ahead so you don’t miss out. If you’re going to be juggling work over the holidays we’ve also got the lowdown on what your childcare options are.
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You can also find the latest Covid-19 guidance on childcare and what’s allowed at the moment on our website.
Eggcellent outdoor fun!
It wouldn’t feel like Easter without an Easter egg hunt, combine that with a walk in stunning spring gardens and a proper take-away coffee, and everyone’s got something to smile about.
The National Trust are once again hosting egg trails at many of their properties including some of our favourites around Bucks and Oxfordshire; Cliveden, Stowe, Hughendon, Greys Court, Basildon Park and Waddesdon. Check out the full list on their website. Booking opens on Friday 26th March for the Easter weekend, so don’t delay!
Outside London Hampton Court Palace has the most delicious Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt running between 1-18th April where you’ll find the Lindt bunny statues hiding in the palace gardens. The hunt is designed for children aged 3-12 years old and their families, and it takes approximately 90 minutes to complete the trail.
The National Heritage are also running Easter Adventure Quests in 24 locations, where you can explore outdoor trails, crack the clues and search for dragon eggs to win your chocolate reward.
Ready for adventure?
For something a little more adventurous Go Ape and outdoor climbing centres are gearing up to open on March 29th, with indoor centres such as Clip’n Climb due to open on April 12th, once they get the final go ahead.
After months of closure outdoor attractions, including zoos and theme parks, hope to open on April 12th in time for the last week of the Easter holiday.
It’s been an impossibly tough time financially for these organisations and many of the wildlife parks and zoos are asking for donations to help them survive, you can donate directly to ZSL or can support Cotswold Wildlife Park by adopting an animal. These attractions aren’t open for bookings at the moment, but tickets will go on sale once opening dates are confirmed by the government.
Easter fun at home
This Easter the National Heritage have some brilliant activity videos where you can learn how to make your own clay dragon, sword or shield. And you’ll find top family bakes and some fun activity packs to download here from the National Trust.
For more traditional Easter fun learn how to make your own Pace eggs, something children have been doing since the 18th Century. Then find a hill and have an egg rolling competition to see which goes the furthest, with the least cracks or breaks!
If the children love their crafting we’ve found this amazing selection of 52 Easter inspired crafts – there’s something for everyone, our favourite are the super cute DIY Easter Bunny Party hats. And for those with younger children here’s a brilliant selection of 15 fun Easter crafts that are super cute, and simple.
Need a change of scene?
While overseas travel remains off limits and prices in the UK are rocketing for getaways we’re starting to think creatively about the fun and different experiences that we can enjoy as a family closer to home.
If you fancy a few hours on the water take a look at Pure Boating where you can hire an electric powered boat from Wallingford and explore the Thames towards Benson and Shillingford or downstream towards the picturesque Wallingford and Streatley, they’re currently taking bookings starting from 3rd April. Alternatively you could start your adventure from Datchet near Windsor with Kris Cruises who hire day boats and holiday cruisers, with bookings for single households available from April 12th.
For a longer trip on the water families can get away from the crowds and discover the beautiful River Thames at your own pace with Le Boat self drive boats. The minimum booking duration is 3 days and you can start your staycation with a difference from Chertsey, Benson or Oxford.
To find family activities close to you, Days out with the Kids is a fantastic site, packed full of the latest events that are local to you.
For families in London we recommend checking out Visit London’s Easter guide.
Sign up now for summer sport
With outdoor sporting activities back on it’s a great time to introduce your children to a new sport. There are two phenomenal programmes operating this summer across the country at thousands of local clubs which will give your child an amazing introduction to tennis or cricket at a very low price.
The LTA Youth Start Programme is for children aged 4-11, and costs just £29.99, plus postage. For this you’ll get 6 tennis sessions with specially trained coaches, a tennis racket, set of balls, a branded t-shirt and even activity cards, a lanyard, stickers and a certificate!
If you’d prefer to give cricket a go the All Stars Cricket programme provides a fantastic experience for all children aged 5-8 years old where they’re guaranteed 8 weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so. Prices start from £40 for 8 sessions and every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, cricket ball, and a personalised t-shirt with your child’s name on it. What’s not to love!
However you decide to spend the Easter break we hope you’ll be able to enjoy the joys of Spring safely with your friends and family.